Foodie’s Valentine’s Day Dining Guide 2020

Foodie’s Valentine’s Day Dining Guide 2020

Our picks for the best date-night and singleton dining options, from luxury to affordable, this 14 February in Hong Kong

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Foodie  Foodie Your Guide to Good Taste  on 4 Feb '20


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Whether it be a degustation menu at a three-Michelin-starred temple to haute cuisine or a cheap and cheerful meal at our noodle bar of choice, we all know the best way to a man (or woman’s) heart. So if you’re looking to impress your beau or belle with a fab Valentine’s Day dinner but don’t know where to start, we’ve narrowed it down for you with our carefully curated list of the restaurants featuring the best V-Day menus for memorable dining à deux, with a group of friends or even solo, from cosy and casual to supremely high end.

We’ve also included delivery options where available so that lovebirds can cocoon at home (now more desirable than ever owing to the global coronavirus health crisis).


RELATED: How Delivery Is Keeping Restaurants Afloat


Over $1,000 per person

Arbor

Arbor Hong Kong

Foodie Forks 2019 Best Restaurant winner Arbor, romantic in its own right with its soothing pastel tones, has
a red-themed eight-course tasting menu ($2,688/person) to set hearts aflutter. Chef Eric Räty’s French-Japanese menu showcases an exquisite line-up of red-hued Japanese ingredients including tuna, red prawn, kinmedai, Wagyu beef and strawberries – plus a glass of rosé champers on the house.

25/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 3185 8388, book online


Duddell’s

Duddell’s Hong Kong

Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Duddell’s eight-course tasting menu ($1,688/person) includes dishes such as double-boiled whole papaya with fish maw and chicken, braised abalone with pan-fried foie gras in supreme oyster sauce and sautéed Miyazaki A4 Waygu beef with asparagus. Toast with complimentary glasses of Ruinart rosé bubbly to set the mood.

3/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, 2525 9191, book online


La Petite Maison

La Petite Maison Hong Kong

For a romantic dinner infused with their signature South of France soul, La Petite Maison presents a celebratory set menu comprised of six favourite dishes and a limited-edition dessert. In true French style, LPM will include two glasses of Bollinger Rosé to toast the couples. Priced at $1,088 per person, this set menu includes delectable starters of burrata with datterini tomatoes and basil, scallop carpaccio and escargots with garlic butter. Main dishes include grilled Chilean white bass and slow-cooked duck leg with orange glaze. End the meal with the eatery’s brand-new strawberry tiramisu dessert. For an extra touch of romance, sample the La Colombe Rose cocktail ($120).

1/F, H Queen’s, 23–29 Stanley Street, Central, 2887 1113, book online


OZONE

OZONE Hong Kong

Exquisite views, a bouquet of roses, private dining at OZONE, Dom Pérignon Rosé and an overnight stay in one of Hong Kong‘s finest five-star hotels are just a few things that make The Ritz Carlton’s Ultimate Romance package ($18,000/couple) a spectacular affair. If you’re planning a proposal or just a truly luxurious and special occasion, this is the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience. For a less extravagant but still wonderful evening, enjoy the Let Me Be Your Only One dinner set ($2,499/couple or $4,999/couple with a one-night stay in a deluxe room), which includes a six-course menu complete with free-flow Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut.

118/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, 2263 2270, restaurantreservation.hk@ritzcarlton.com


Rech by Alain Ducasse

Rech by Alain Ducasse Hong Kong

With to-die-for harbour views, the ambience of French seafood restaurant Rech by Alain Ducasse at InterContinental Hong Kong is romance personified. Adding to the vibe is Executive Chef Guillaume Katola’s six-course tasting menu ($2,988 for 2; +$688/person for wine pairings) showcasing luxurious dishes such as raw and cooked langoustines in ginger broth, John Dory with leek, caviar and champagne sauce and stunning his-and-her desserts crafted using chocolate from Chef Ducasse’s manufacture in Paris.

Lobby, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, TST, 2313 2323, book online


SOMM

SOMM Hong Kong

Toast to your loved one at chic yet relaxed sommelier-led SOMM at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, which is offering two tempting champagne-pairing menus ($1,988/person for 4 courses + 3 glasses of Krug or $2,988/person for 6 courses + 5 glasses of Krug). We love us some bubbly!

7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, LANDMARK, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 2132 0055, book online


ZEST by Konishi

Newly Michelin-minted fine-dining French-Japanese restaurant ZEST by Konishi’s nine-course tasting menu ($1,980/person; +$780 for wine pairings) is an indulgent marriage of innovative flavours and textures. Chef Mitsuru Konishi’s dish of akagai (ark-shell clam) with cauliflower and courgette opens the menu of discovery, moving on to dishes including snow crab and aubergine with caviar and pan-seared French baby lamb with parsley foam, finishing with several sweet endings. Freshly baked citrus poppy seed madeleines end the meal on a high.

28/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, 2715 087, info@zestbykonishihk.com


Zuma

Zuma Hong Kong

With its weekend brunch being named one of Foodie’s best meals of 2019, long-standing contemporary Japanese restaurant Zuma is always on our go-to list for impressing the ones we love. The restaurant’s ultimate Valentine’s Day tasting menu ($1,580/person) this year takes a lighter, decidedly more feminine approach, offering dishes like Chilean sea bass with green chilli ginger dressing and Japanese oyster with yuzu and green apple. The showstopper of the whole shebang, however, is Pastry Chef Eddy Lee’s molten raspberry cake with white chocolate, lychee and rose parfait (above).

If you’re not coupled up on the 14th, Zuma is also offering its Yashoku night brunch ($920/person), featuring 2.5 hours of free-flow food, champagne, sake and beer to the backdrop of tunes by the in-house DJ.

5/F and 6/F, LANDMARK, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 3657 6388, book online


$600–$1,000 per person

Brickhouse

Brickhouse Hong Kong

If Valentine’s Day isn’t your thing and you’d rather spend a wild evening out with friends, head on down to Brickhouse for an anti-Valentine’s rendition of the Mexican eatery’s revamped ¿ONTAS? Night Brunch ($650/person for free-flow food + drink; $380/person for drinks only). On Saturday, 15 February, enjoy free-flow Mexican food and alcoholic beverages, to include Mumm champagne, Brickhouse’s signature margaritas, tacos and new dishes such as huevos rancheros, seafood campechana and a rotating secret dish of the month.

20 D’Aguilar Street, LKF, Central, book online


Cornerstone

Cornerstone Hong Kong

Highly acclaimed chef Shane Osborne’s casual SoHo spot Cornerstone is offering an ingredient-driven four-course set menu ($588/person) for Valentine’s Day diners. Enjoy simple yet sure-to-be-delicious dishes such as Jerusalem artichoke velouté, Wagyu bavette and a tropical cheesecake with mango, passion fruit and strawberry. Vegetarian options are available upon request.

49 Hollywood Road, Central, 6809 9771 (WhatsApp)


Giando Italian Restaurant & Bar

Giando Italian Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong

Chef Gianni Caprioli of his eponymous Giando will whip up a San Valentino 10-course tasting menu ($898/person; +$398 for wine pairings or 2 hours free-flow champagne) of delights, ranging from Japanese hamachi carpaccio and braised Wagyu beef short ribs to strawberry and champagne sorbet and hazelnut pudding with sour cherry affogato, with a whole bunch of other sublime courses in between.

Shop 1, G/F, Tower 1, Starcrest, 9 Star Steet, Wanchai, 2511 8912, book online


HUE

HUE Hong Kong

The Valentine’s Day, new Australian fine-dining restaurant HUE is offering three-course ($880/person) and four-course ($980/person) dinner menus with exceptional views. The three-course option includes a choice of starter, main and dessert, while the four-course option includes a selection of canapés such as a delectable king crab doughnut with uni and caviar. Wine pairings (+$500) can be added.

1/F, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, 3500 5888, book online


Kinship

Kinship Hong Kong

Kinship has prepared a knockout eight-course set menu ($1,248 for 2) to wow and woo, starting with a “love potion” cocktail that leads into several courses of deliciousness like brown crab salad, homemade tagliatelle with tomato ragu, baked Norwegian cod, Japanese pork loin, strawberry white chocolate cheesecake and more. They have two sittings (6:30pm and 8:30pm), both of which involve the Kinship Love Quiz, which is designed to discover how well you know your partner, as well as a photo contest with the chance to win a dinner for two.

3/F, LL Tower, 2 Shelley Street, SoHo, Central, 2520 0899, book online


Spasso

Spasso Hong Kong

If you’re a sucker for heart-shaped food, Spasso is the place to take your appetite this V Day. With a glittering skyline before you, split a heart-shaped pizza ($188) with the one you love best for a steal of a deal. Or go big with a four-course menu ($568/person), served between 6–8pm, or splash out a bit more for the five-course menu ($698/person) from 8:30pm onwards. Not only will you fill your tum, but you’ll also get to take away a comedic memento drawn up by a professional caricaturist (8:30–10:30pm).

Shop G5–8 and 12–17, G/F, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Road, TST East, 2730 8027, book online


The Tiffany Blue Box Cafe

The Tiffany Blue Box Cafe Hong Kong

This restaurant was designed so that you can literally have breakfast at Tiffany, and on Valentine’s Day, dinner at Tiffany sounds like a pretty good way to spoil your other half. The five-course set dinner menu ($1,688 for 2) is actually quite reasonably priced (no precious jewels included), and it includes the super-cute dessert pictured above. It seems to us this Petit Blue Box Cake would be the ideal place to slip a little engagement ring in, perhaps, if the time is right?

Shop 207–208, 2/F, One Peking, 1 Peking Road, TST, 2362 9828, book online


Under $600 per person

AMMO

AMMO Hong Kong

Available on the 14th and 15th from 3–6pm, gorgeous Italian-Japanese restaurant AMMO presents its Floral Living afternoon tea plus flower-jamming workshop ($780 for 2) in collaboration with Australian beauty brand Jurlique. Enjoy a pretty-as-a-picture afternoon tea set while customing your own floral basket bouquet to take home.

Lower Level, Asia Society Hong Kong, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, book online


Aqualuna

Aqualuna Hong Kong

If the great outdoors screams romance to you, a cruise aboard iconic red-sailed junk boat aqualuna may sweep your loved one off his or her feet, literally. The 45-minute harbour cruise on the 14th (between 5:30–9:30pm) is priced from $460 per couple. Get even more romantic and starry-eyed with a bottle of mini Moët & Chandon ($130) and a dessert to share with a red rose ($228).

Pick-up and drop-off at Central Pier 9 or TST Public Pier; book online


Artisan Lounge

Artisan Lounge Hong Kong

Madonna fans, take note – especially if you’re also lovers of afternoon tea! Artisan Lounge, an elegant, airy spot at K11 MUSEA offering all-day afternoon tea, has collaborated with the Material Girl’s own skincare brand, MDNA SKIN, which is inspired by her favourite foods and colour (purple, natch), to create the Beauty in You afternoon tea set ($816 for 2) for Valentine’s Day. Walk away with a voucher for a beauty kit from MDNA SKIN.

Shop 008 and 008A, G/F, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, TST, 2601 3428, book online

Butter Cake Shop

Butter Cake Shop Hong Kong

Butter’s #SinglesforSingles is the perfect pick-me-up if you’re flying solo this V Day. On the 14th, add a slice of triple chocolate cake ($18) to your lunch or dinner order for some gool ol’ self-love.

Order online or via Black Sheep Restaurants GO


Chaiwala

Chaiwala Hong Kong

Chaiwala sets the mood this Valentine’s day with an extensive 10-course menu ($498/person) that tells a love story in four parts. “Love at First Sight” kicks off the feast with chaats such as pani puri with strawberry-flavoured water and Hokkaido scallop with green apple salsa. “Songs of Love” presents hearty dishes like tawa- grilled chicken breast and Peshawari tiger prawns. “The Love Story” showcases Chaiwala’s signature curries, and the final “Kiss of Love” ends the meal on a sweet note with a panna cotta with strawberry chutney, coconut cream, jaggery petha and a rich chocolate mousse. What a spread!

Basement, 43–55 Wyndham Street, Central, 2362 8988, book online


Chullschick

Chullschick Hong Kong

Take your chick (what – we can’t be cheesy on V Day of all days?) down to Chullschick for a dynamite sharing menu ($599 for 2). This Peruvian chicken roaster is offering quite a meaty menu featuring Argentinian rib-eye steak, chorizo and, of course, rotisserie chicken, along with delights like lobster ceviche and dulce de leche cheesecake.

45–53A Graham Street, Central, 2668 3948


Deliveroo

Deliveroo Hong Kong

Fun scented candles are yours for the sniffing when you order Deliveroo delivery from selected restaurants on V Day. Order a Valentine’s Day combo ($118) from Sze Sun Hamburger in Hung Hom from 3–5pm on the 14th and get a candle set smelling of of burgers and nuggets. Brunch with Bae ($500 minimum) from Sai Ying Pun’s Deliveroo Food Market comes with bacon and peanut butter scented candles. And Mongkok cha chaan teng Brother’s Court is offering candles scented with the alluring aroma of dry-stirred noodles with any Valentine’s Day combo (from $63).

Order via Deliveroo


The Drunken Pot

The Drunken Pot Hong Kong

With the temperature dropping, fiery-hot hotpot is the way to go for lovebirds looking to bond over a bubbly cauldron. We heart The Drunken Pot’s Valentine’s Day offering, inspired by the artful whimsicality of Alice in
Wonderland: The Dream Garden of Live Flowers set ($468/person). Highlights include The Garden of Live
Flowers broth (a medley of five signature soup bases, from spicy Sichuan to black truffle and mushroom), Red
Rose Dumplings filled with pork and corn, Glitzy Cuttlefish Balls stuffed with taro and Penguins in Love (cuttlefish paste crafted to look like penguins atop ice). There’s lots more to love too: hanging Angus beef short ribs, salted egg yolk fish skin crackling, homemade deep-fried bean curd and seaweed rolls... and the list goes on.

If you’d rather order from the comfort of your own home (where no masks are needed), opt for The Drunken Pot’s hotpot delivery via tdpdelivery.com. Deliveries are made in recyclable “picnic baskets” and include utensils, a reusable tablecloth and glasses and wet tissues, with free rental of the pot and cooker.

Causeway Bay: 27/F, V POINT, 18 Tang Lung Street, 2321 7098, book online

TST: 2/F, 8 Observatory Road, 2321 9038, book online


Miss Lee

Miss Lee Hong Kong

Sheung Wan’s brand-new Chinese vegetarian restaurant Miss Leesee our recent review – is offering a Valentine’s Day set menu ($588 for 2), perfect for those with dietary restrictions. It includes a platter of canapés, a choice of main course, a side dish and dessert. We highly recommend the barley and truffle risotto Fungi Farm dish, as well as the dreamy Hawthorn Tree dessert, dusted with pink beetroot for an extra touch of romance. Finish the evening at sister restaurant Lee Lo Mei with a special Love in Bloom cocktail ($118).

G/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Sheung Wan, 2881 1811


Motorino

Motorino Hong Kong

Motorino’s Date Night Special ($418) is back by popular demand on the 14th. It includes two heart-shaped pizzas, two antipasti and Motorino’s cracking tiramisu. That’s amore!

Order in-house at Motorino’s SoHo and Wanchai branches or for delivery via Black Sheep Restauarants GO


Pici

Pici Hong Kong

A very entertaining yet low-key way to celebrate, Pici invites couples to mimic the famous scene from Lady and the Tramp on Valentine’s Day evening. To do this, they’ve created a special fettuccine and meatballs ($140) dish made with a one-metre-long strand of pasta that’s perfect for slurping. Couples will be encouraged to post their own Fettuccine Meatballs Challenge pics on social media to stand the chance to win a romantic prize for two.

Available at all five Pici locations around Hong Kong


Red Lobster

Red Lobster Hong Kong

Red Lobster has a Valentine’s special that is, as you may expect, lobster filled to grab with your hot little pincers. Lobster Lover’s Dream ($338) is a platter of grilled twin North American lobster tails alongside a lobster pasta dish, two sides of your choice and soup or salad. They are also offering a special sparkling cocktail called Love Struck ($68) to get those amorous feelings flowing. Available from 13–16 February (in case you forget and need to make up for it).

8 Cleveland Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, 2261 2996, book online


Stazione Novella

Stazione Novella Hong Kong

Prefer your Valentine’s Day al fresco or in the privacy of your own home? Stazione Novella has you covered with Aperitivo e Amore ($398) – a spread of cold cuts, cheeses and mixed fruits, packed conveniently into a box and delivered with a daily-baked baguette plus a bottle of Buondonno Chianti Classico. Take it with you to the park or have a picnic in your living room for a memorable night of romance. Available 10–14 February (24-hour advance notice required).

Pre-order via Black Sheep Restaurants GO or email info@stazionenovella.com


ThinkWine

ThinkWine Hong Kong

Stop in at ThinkWine for a dessert and wine pairing in collaboration with local pastisserie Sweet Fashion House. For $280 per couple, sip on two glasses of sparkling wine and a dessert to share. Aww, how romantic (but we want the bigger half!).

2/F, LL Tower, 2 Shelley Street, SoHo, Central, 2886 3121


Three Blind Mice

Three Blind Mice Hong Kong

We love us some Three Blind Mice, which was a Foodie Forks Hidden Gem winner in 2018 for their British-pub-style comfort food, warm and welcoming staff and extremely wallet-friendly prices. From the 14th–16th, they have on a three-course set menu ($398/person), with free-flow packages (from $198/person) also available. Everything on the menu sounds delicious, but we’re particularly jonesing for the very Gallic-sounding trio of French onion soup, moules frites and dark chocolate mousse.

35 Ship Street, Wanchai, 2447 7793, book online


Uncle Momo

Uncle Momo Hong Kong

This delivery-only concept by 8creATEive serves up a super-simple menu of chicken or pork momos ($110) and spicy dan dan noodles (from $100) for Southsiders’ eating pleasure. Have a picnic in your living room and slurp away!

Order via Deliveroo


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